Zanzibar Ethanol Stoves Project (ZESP)


Zanzibar Ethanol Stoves Project (ZESP)

The Zanzibar Ethanol Stoves Project (ZESP), conducted by EFF, unfolded as a pilot initiative to raise awareness amongst secondary school students in Zanzibar about crucial environmental issues and the use of rectified spirits (bioethanol from sugarcane) as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional cooking methods.

Commencing as an educational endeavour on climate change, deforestation, environmental protection, and renewable energy, the project initially focused on the secondary school around the Mahonda Sugar Factory. This was expanded to include 150 students from the Kitope Secondary School in the second year. After providing students with an awareness session on nutrition, climate change, and environmental degradation and how rectified spirits is connected to sugarcane, an on-site demonstration was held of the ethanol stove and cooking with rectified spirits. As part of the hands-on learning approach, on rotation, each student received an ethanol stove to take home for a week. As competition, the students were tasked with recording their findings, making comparisons with traditional cooking methods, and producing a write-up or work of art expressing their knowledge on climate change and the environment.

An incredible 353 students out of the 401, submitted project write-ups of such quality that the judges had difficulties in selecting the winners. The best projects were acknowledged with an ethanol stove and one month's supply of denatured rectified spirits for cooking. Beyond the individual rewards, the pilot project significantly raised awareness among students regarding climate change and environmental degradation. This heightened awareness translated into increased adoption of ethanol fuel by households surrounding the participating schools, showcasing the project's success in promoting sustainable and eco-friendly practices in the community.

Agricultural Productivity: Enhance agricultural productivity through sustainable and climate-smart practices, improved access to quality seeds, fertilisers, and modern technologies, and training for small-scale farmers. b. Irrigation and Water Management: Promote water conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems, and integrated water resource management to ensure a reliable water supply for agriculture. c. Diversification: Encourage crop diversification to enhance food availability and household nutrition by promoting the cultivation of smart food crops and high-value crops for increased income generation. d. Storage and Distribution: Strengthen post-harvest management and improve storage infrastructure to reduce household food losses; and promote efficient aggregation systems for improved inputs distribution and access to markets. e. Market Linkages & Financial Services: Support the establishment or farmer cooperatives/ organisations for effective produce aggregation and market linkages, and provide technical assistance to enable small-scale producers to access domestic and international markets and financial services, fostering income generation and economic growth. f. Skills Training and Capacity Building: Facilitate agronomic training, entrepreneurship development, and business management skills to enhance the capacity of smallholder farmers and communities to generate sustainable incomes.
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